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The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China

The Hong Kong Alliance

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (the Hong Kong Alliance) was established on 21 May 1989 with the purpose of supporting democratic movements in China. It is a large grassroots pro-democracy advocacy group in Hong Kong that campaigns to release imprisoned dissidents and activists, rehabilitate the 1989 pro-democracy movement, demand accountability of the June 4th massacre, end one-party dictatorship, and build a democratic China.

Hong Kong Protest

HRDs in Hong Kong working on democratisation and freedom of expression and association are viewed as threats to China’s control over the territory and are especially at risk of judicial harassment. The 2014 Umbrella Movement, which called for true universal suffrage in Hong Kong, saw hundreds of peaceful protestors arrested by the police, including dozens of HRDs. HRDs involved in the pro-democracy movement continue to face judicial harassment several years after the conclusion of the protests. Pro-Beijing media have portrayed these HRDs as criminals and separatists, while the Beijing administration has called for them to be punished more harshly.